Breast Cancer

September 8, 2017

Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, Answers Some Common Breast Surgery Questions

One of the most difficult things a woman will undertake after being diagnosed with breast cancer is making sure they identify and ask the right questions about surgery. Should you consider a double mastectomy? What about post-surgery? Do you need chemotherapy? Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS, with Regional Surgical Specialists, an affiliate of Mission Health, answers […]

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July 27, 2017

Early Stage Breast Cancer Presents a Choice in Surgery – Mastectomy or Lumpectomy?

By Jennifer McAlister, MD, FACS One of the most difficult decisions a woman will make regarding a diagnosis of breast cancer is deciding which type of surgery to pursue. In early stage breast cancer, meaning a relatively small tumor and minimal or no lymph node involvement, women are often given a choice regarding two procedures, […]

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May 19, 2017

Lowering Your Breast Cancer Risk – Small and Simple Lifestyle Changes

By Jennifer McAlister, MD A recent article in the New York Times jumped out at me because the writer did a great job of discussing how women can lower their risk of breast cancer through healthy living. What I really like is that it outlines small and simple lifestyle changes that not only reduce risk […]

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April 7, 2017

Radiation for Breast Cancer Treatment – Why Less Is More

By W. Mark McCollough, MD Mission Radiation Oncology Due to a revolution in knowledge of DNA and molecular signatures of tumors, the selective use of cancer treatment such as radiation therapy is evolving toward a trend where less is more. In turn, the “Choosing Wisely” approach used by experts at Mission Health can limit treatment, […]

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January 6, 2017

Just the Facts – What You Need to Know About 3D Mammography

By Kelly McFarland Regional Director of Imaging, Mission Health Traditional mammograms are being transformed. The 3D mammogram, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is a way of acquiring breast images by creating multiple slices similar to a CT scan. These images are used in addition to the standard 2D images. This multi-slice image creates a more […]

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October 17, 2016

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 7 – Why Do You Go Pink?

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. We know those women are your loved ones, either right here in western North Carolina or across the country, and we wanted to help YOU send them a special message in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We asked, you responded! Thanks to […]

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October 7, 2016

Asheville Citizen-Times: Do You Know Your Risk for Breast Cancer?

Dr. Rachel Raab, hematologist oncologist with Cancer Care of WNC and Director of the Mission Breast Program, helps the Asheville Citizen-Times explain the risk factors of breast cancer. Below is an excerpt from the article. Women tend to pay more attention to breast cancer during October, Breast Cancer Awareness month. But the disease can strike any […]

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October 3, 2016

Submit Your Voice Memo with a Special Message for Pink October

Who do you go pink for? Share your special message of love, hope, support and encouragement so we can share it with our community in our special podcast episode of My Healthy Life, especially for Pink October. Record a voice memo and send it in by Tuesday, October 11*. Approximately 1 in 8 women will […]

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September 29, 2016

“Kicking Cancer’s Butt” – When Breast Cancer Picked a Battle, Jenny Owens Fought Back

By Jennifer Sellers Breast cancer scares were nothing new to Waynesville resident Jenny Owens. Since 2002, she had endured an on-and-off series of lumps, mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies. In the summer of 2015, when she found a new lump, Owens was as concerned as always, but she believed it would be just another benign tumor. […]

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September 23, 2016

Why You Shouldn’t Fear Clinical Trials when Faced with Cancer

By Dr. Rachel Raab, Director Mission Breast Program For many cancer patients, the idea of participating in a clinical trial brings hope. They see it as an opportunity to receive a treatment that may be better than the standard of care, to advance science, and to help future cancer patients. For many patients, however, the thought […]

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